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How to get the most from optical gas imaging

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Over the last few years, one of the most significant advances in infrared thermographic cameras has been the introduction of OGI. These cameras use spectral wavelength filtering and sterling cooler cold filtering technology to visualise the infrared absorption of VOC/hydrocarbon; SF6; refrigerant; carbon monoxide and other gases whose spectral absorption matches the response of the camera. Using OGI technology allows the industry to incorporate a Smart LDAR program that safely and efficiently visualises gas leaks.

Emissions monitoring

The development of OGI has allowed industry to reduce emissions, enabling owner/operators to conform to strengthening environmental emission regulations, save money as part of a much more efficient process, but most importantly improve the safety of their assets and their workers.

Top ten tips to get the most out of your OGI equipment

  • Understand the application and needs.
  • Take into account the environmental conditions.
  • Keep in mind that OGI is qualitative, not quantitative.
  • Combine an optical gas imagining camera with a sniffer probe.
  • Use all the features and functions on your OGI camera.
  • Keep it safe.
  • Consider future industrial emissions regulations.
  • Keep track of your return on investment.
  • Work with permits.
  • Follow training.

Adapted from a press release by Claira Lloyd.

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